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Why Has The Daily Star Stopped Supporting The English Defence League?

by | 15th, August 2011

WHAT’S occurring at the Daily Star and its attitude to the English Defence League? Back in February the Star reported that the EDL was to become a political party. This apparent news was announced with photos of white faces carrying English flags. In one corner of the Star’s front page was a Muslim carrying a placard that said British soldiers should rot in hell. Readers were told.

“In the Daily Star phone poll yesterday, 98% of readers said they agreed with the EDL’s policies .”

That’s not too shabby only Saddam Hussein ever got 100% of the popular vote. Of course, the Star failed to say how many people actually took part in the paper’s phone vote. It might only be a handful? And 98% may well be as good as it gets. As it told us in October 2010:

“…yesterday’s Daily Star poll found 98% of readers fear that Britain is becoming a Muslim state.”

A Muslim state with with its  Muslim toilets , we’d wager.

But then the Star went one better :

We asked in yesterday’s voteline if you would back the EDL and 99% of you said you would.”

The paper’s editorial was hardly scathing of the anti-Islam EDL:

Critics say the English Defence League is a racist, extremist organisation that’s filled with hate. The group’s leader Tommy Robinson strongly denies this. He says members have no problems with race.But he admits he is against ‘barbaric’ Islam and the way it affects Britain. Whatever side of the fence you fall, one thing’s for sure. There is a visibly growing support for the EDL. It is attracting people across Britain to its ranks who feel the same way. This should be a warning to the major political parties. Key voters are so fed up with them that they are looking elsewhere. And there are real underlying issues here with Brits who feel abandoned by their leaders. The EDL are now planning to field election candidates. If the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems don’t heed this and address key issues they could soon become a political force. Then, whether you like them or not, Tommy and his followers will have to be taken very seriously.”

The EDL never clearly said

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